Faculty Profile

“The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think—rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves” John Dewey

Dr. Fennema received her Ed.D. in instructional technology and distance education from Nova Southeastern University. She obtained her M.Ed. from John Carroll University in Cleveland Ohio in Educational Technology.

Currently Dr. Fennema serves as Dean for the International Institute for Innovative Instruction at Franklin University, a private, nonprofit institution of higher education enabling the broadest possible community of learners to achieve their goals and enrich the world. The International Institute for Innovative Instruction is focused on effective design practices to create interactive and engaging learning experiences for diverse learners around the world. It has united the University’s curriculum design capabilities with our strengths in teaching effectiveness, technology training, and learning assessment to develop and deliver education solutions that meet the needs of the University as well as its strategic partners. All of the practices at the Institute are grounded in scholarship, some of which has been researched and published by members of the Institute.

She is passionate about student learning and how, through the process of design, courses at Franklin University can help students through the learning process more efficiently and effectively. She is dedicated to pursuing excellence and advancing the mission of the Institute both domestically and internationally.

Dr. Fennema has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at Franklin University, Walden University, and Dordt College. For five years she taught a course in instructional strategies for the Chinese Teacher Training Center in Beijing China as a visiting professor. She has led multiple faculty workshops, trainings, and seminars in the areas of e-learning, learning theory, learning strategies, and instructional design.

Dr. Fennema’s predominant research interests include learning theory and the learning process, instructional strategies for online education, adult learning, and the use of media in the learning process. She has a passion for providing a learning environment in which students successfully learn.

She resides with her husband in Columbus, Ohio and enjoys spending time with family, including 12 grandchildren scattered around the U.S. and reading a variety of genres. Dr. Fennema and her husband have enjoyed world travel and have visited a variety of countries and enjoyed the cultures in all of them.

  • Course Listing

    • MCM 707
    • IDPT 600
  • Research Interests

    Learning theory